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  1. Include Wix extension (Votive) in Visual Studio Express

    Please add Votive to the standard set of plugins for Visual Studio Express (like NuGet) or give the author of Votive for Wix the (legal) ability to add his plugin to visual studio express.

    As of now there is no way we can include any kind of installer to VS express (since msinstaller is removed in 2012) while it is the most logical place for the installer for time saving functions like auto harvesting of dependencies.

    Wix already works on command line it just needs a very small step for the integration with Visual Studio Express.

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      2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support resizing WF designer components

      Static designer item (node?) size has been an inconvenience for our real-world use cases. In our pilot project using WF4, Windows Workflow has demonstrated itself as useful for our enterprise -- developers understand the code behind the activities, while Business Analysts understand the overall flowcharts. But the small node size sometimes gets in the way, for both audiences.

      For example -- and this is somewhat contrived, to obscure our business logic, but it's a frequently occurring problem -- an Assignment node with:

      "BlueFoobarWidget.Status = TheWidgetObject.Status"

      Is partially hidden by the small node size, so it actually appears to read 'BlueFoobarWidget…

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        0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Simplify .NET Source Stepping

        .NET source stepping is too complicated to make it work. There should be an option to enable source stepping without the need of switching on/off several options (just my code, source does not need to match, enable symbol server, adding reference source code server, etc.). Additionally it is extremely difficult to find the error cause when source stepping does not work. The error/info messages need to be improved.
        Everytime an update has been launched e.g. .NET Framework 4.5.1 the source stepping feature breaks without feedback why.

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          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Submit Bug 'feature' on Visual Studio 2013

          The report bug feature of visual studio is non-sense. You open a browser, you must click on submit bug (which is a big button but only text have the hyperlink) then you must complete some data before using it... all this hazzle in a browser really small if you are using high dpi computer.

          The registration additional data is one time, but you must fill in the OS, Visual Studio product, etc, every time.

          Ironically, there's an account bound to VS, it is the actual software that is runnon, and you can collect information on the operating system once, no…

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            1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Bring back colors and contrast. It is hard to see : which tab belongs to the open document, save file toolbutton, etc, etc

            Bring back colors and contrast. It is hard to see : which tab belongs to the open document, save file toolbutton, etc, etc

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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add functionality to monitor progress of a long-running TableAdapter.Update(Datatable) command

              A number of forum postings where users want to create a progress bar during a long-running TableAdapter.Update(DataTable) command.

              SqlClient.BulkCopy implements NotifyAfter property and an associated event SqlRowsCopied. Adding a NotifyAfter property to the TableAdapter and a SqlRowsUpdated or SqlRowsProcessed event would allow developers to provide "estimate to complete" or progress-bar updates to the poor waiting user.

              If there are several thousand records and the user is remote, this could be a long time. No visual update to the user that "actual progress is being made" is poor UX design.

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                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Show developers the name of the TFS Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer

                Currently if you have multiple branches in a TFS solution (ex. WIP, QA, Production) and have open one of the branches solution, you cannot tell which branch you have open easily without looking at the long file path of one of the files in the solution. It would be really nice to show developers the name of the Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer to ensure the developer does not accidentally start developing in the wrong branch.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please make related files use a single tab in VS and switch between modes by shortcut.

                  Having multiple tabs for code, designer generated, and designer visual layout is huge waste of space. The most switches we do are between code and visual layout. Rarely we need to touch designer generated code file. Would be cool to have ability have a single tab for whole set of files and switch between them using keyboard shortcut

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • make it possible to customize the code coverage for git projects.

                    My code coverage currently lists a measly 3%. The reason for this is that two referenced assemblies have symbols (which is a good thing... but this particular side effect isn't).

                    I have created both a CodeCoverage.runsettings file and a TestSettings.testsettings file on the solution level (both of them exclude the referenced assemblies with symbols, and the test assembly itself), but I'm unable to reach this when trying to change the run setting of the build configuration to Custom, as outlined here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sudhakan/archive/2012/05/11/customizing-code-coverage-in-visual-studio-11.aspx

                    I tried creating a TFVC project called Settings, containing only a CodeCoverage.runsettings file. It was possible to browse…

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                    • Enable HLSL, DirectX and graphics development toolset for the C# language.

                      Visual Studio only provides hlsl compilation tools for C++ projects, while C# projects which also use hlsl are left without this facility. This is a glaring inconsistency in the tools provided to each language. C# is meant to be a first-class language yet the DirectX tools which are built in to Visual Studio are not equally provided to C#, this is an unnecessary and arbitrary limitation.

                      Developing DirectX applications with C# is becoming easier and there are now more tools than ever to work with this combination of technologies, including SlimDX and SharpDX, both fully capable managed DirectX frameworks (wrappers).…

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                        5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support VSWP and half-word access in ARM NEON intrinsics.

                        I hit this problem when ported Intel SSE2 code into NEON. Real View compiler intrinsics (which you must have based on) have no support for the VSWP instruction (swap contents of two registers), and neither has the MSVC compiler. Thus, to swap the upper and lower doublewords of a quad, one has to use get-hi + get-lo + compine, or a complex table lookup, or something else equally ugly. I think computationally-intensive Windows Phone targeted code could benefit from explicit half-word access a lot. Just add an extra __m64 hilo[2] field to the __m128 union and make sure that const…

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                          1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Roll out Silverlight with windows 8.1 and /or windows update

                          Make sure Silverlight 5 latest is rolled out with Windows 8.1. or window update for 8, or windows 7.. I have many users failing to install it or failing to reload their browser. Few websites use it and its often absent from a new system. Disappointed that flash is everywhere but silverlight is not, and since Silverlight is the path to RT, developers need to embrace both. I am going to put a version of my product in the windows store, but my own website needs to reach many people or my business will not succeed,. Don't worry, having an…

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable The Git GUI In Visual Studio To Clone And Fetch From All Git Repositories In A Team Project

                            The projects I work on are split into multiple components, each component is a Git repo.

                            When joining an existing project it is a pain to individually clone each Git repo for the project from TFS.

                            It would be great if all of the repos (at the click of a button) be cloned in to a directory on the local machine with the same name as the Team Project. For Example, the directory on the developers machine would look like this:

                            c:\
                            |
                            +-Repositories
                            |
                            +-<NameOfTeamProject>
                            |
                            +-repo1
                            |
                            +-repo2
                            |
                            +-repo3

                            It would also be great (at the click…

                            36 votes
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                            • Internet Explorer as Visual Studio lite

                              IE is one good browser...
                              What if Microsoft can add more functionality to IE
                              IE as browser + Azure based Cloud IDE?

                              Let VS be there for corporates
                              and Internet Developer be there for general users

                              it will benefit the developers for sure

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Be convenient when an assembly cannot be compiled because it is currently used by another process

                                Let at least the user know the name of the process holding the assembly, and even better, proposes to the user 1) to see the process Window (set it as foreground) 2) to kill the process.

                                8 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Export code review comments to excel/word, options to export all or by change set or subset of them and possibly full text search in query

                                  Export code review comments to excel/word, options to export all or by change set or subset of them and possibly full text search in query

                                  10 votes
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                                  • Load Test Stop Confirmation Dialog

                                    While a load test is running it's too easy to click the stop button by accident. Please could you add a stop confirmation dialog

                                    7 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Color printing in Visual Studio

                                      Color printing in Visual Studio with scalable letters and paper margins. The available extension for printing is very poor (too big letters).
                                      I don't understand why this feature - already available in VS 2008 - has been removed.
                                      Please enable (usable) color printing again !

                                      6 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • let C# type inference downcast to a 'common supertype'

                                        interface A
                                        class B : A
                                        class C : A

                                        A a = condition ? new B() : new C();

                                        Compiler fails because it tries to cast B to C (or was it vice versa?).
                                        Daft workarounds: either cast one (or both) of the instances to A, or use an 'if' statement instead of the ternary operator.

                                        The two types B and C have a clear 'smallest common supertype' A. So come on MS, how hard can it be to determine the intersection of the class hierarchy of the 'then' and the 'else' branch? Look at the source code of…

                                        6 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Limit access for Allowed IP Addresses to TFS

                                          Restrict access to TFS based on IP Address configuration will be more safe to codes.

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